October 17, 2016 - 4:53 PM
TORONTO - Unmoved by a human rights complaint, the Cleveland Indians took the Rogers Centre field Monday night wearing their Chief Wahoo logo caps for Game 3 of the American League Championship Series against the Blue Jays.
The Indians wore their Chief Wahoo cap as well for Games 1 and 2 in Cleveland. The starting pitcher — Trevor Bauer on Monday — chooses what headgear the team wears.
Cleveland, which has logo options, has worn the hat in all of its post-season games so far.
Just hours before first pitch Monday, an Ontario judge ruled that the Indians areallowed to use their full team name and logo in the playoff series with Toronto.
Douglas Cardinal, an architect and indigenous activist, filed complaints to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and Canadian Human Rights Commission. His lawyer argued unsuccessfully that the combination of the Cleveland team's name and Chief Wahoo logo — which she called a caricature of an indigenous person — is racial discrimination.
Earlier this year, Cleveland announced the team had gone to a simple C — known as the Block C — as its "primary mark."
But owner Paul Dolan told the Cleveland Plain Dealer: "(We have) no plans to get rid of Chief Wahoo. It is part of our history and legacy.
The Rogers Centre big screen used the C logo rather than Chief Wahoo prior to the game Monday.
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